2019 Awards

All the films in the Festival lineup were winners in our eyes, but here are the official award recipients…

Best Film

Best World Film
Doing Money

Best Documentary
The Last American Colony: One Man’s Revolution

Best World Documentary
Eliades Ochoa: From Cuba to the World

Audience Award

Best Director
Mirko & Dario Bischofberger for Katrina’s Dream

Best Documentary Director
Cam Cowan for Madagasikara

Mira Nair Award for Rising Female Filmmaker
Bridget Stokes for Boy Genius

Best Actress
Joi Starr for her performance in Strive

Best Actor
Sven Schelker for his performance in Goliath

Best Cinematography
No Way Out

New York Showcase Award
Decade of Fire

Best Short
83 Days

Best Short Short
The Highbridge

Best Short Documentary
The Man of the Trees

Harlem Spotlight (Feature)
When Harlem Saved a King

Uptown Award (Feature)
Seaman and 207

Uptown Award (Short)
Chevere con Salsa

Best Youth Short
We the Children

Best Animation

Best Experimental Film
Salt Water

Best Music Video
Ice Moon

Winning Webisode
Gray Ground

Best Virtual Reality
The Negro Building VR Experience



Winning Feature Screenplay
Harlem Fever

Winning Short Script

Feature Screenplay Finalists
Ivy League
Marvel Rose
Robert Smalls

Short Screenplay Finalists
Fury of A Woman Scorned
Love – Love